Georgia has had a fairly mild spring this year, but the summer heat is right around the corner and with it comes thirsty, thirsty lawns. There can definitely be too much of a good thing when it comes to watering your lawn. Too much irrigation not only wastes water, it hurts your lawn. Turfgrass, like all living things, requires water to grow and survive. Rainfall patterns vary a lot during Georgia summers, and it is sometimes necessary to supplement the irrigation for your lawn. Most warm-season perennial grasses — centipede, Bermuda, Saint Augustine and zoysia grasses — require about 1 inch of water a week. Overwatering can result in some major problems. Overwatering your lawn can result in a shallow root system and reduced drought tolerance, more diseases, more weeds, an increase in damaging insect populations, more thatch and excessive growth, and reduced tolerance to shade and soil problems. Lawn lovers can avoid these problems by using their sprinkler system correctly and monitoring their lawns. Let your lawn tell you when to waterDon’t duplicate Mother Nature’s efforts. If rain is forecast for your area, turn off your sprinkler system. Lawns only need about 1 inch of irrigation a week, so one summer thunderstorm might get the job done. That being said, heat and direct sunlight can cause lawns to use water at different rates. You may have to water more often when the temperature is extremely high. University of Georgia Cooperative Extension researchers have found that lawns should be irrigated when approximately 50 percent of the lawn shows signs of wilt:Leaf blades are folded in half lengthwise in an attempt to conserve water.The grass takes on a blue-gray tint.Footprints or tire tracks remain visible on the grass.Learn more about your sprinklersWater should never be applied at a rate faster than it can be absorbed by the soil. If the sprinkler applies too much water, it runs off and is wasted. This doesn’t usually happen with small sprinklers unless the lawn is very dense or the soil is compact, but it’s important to know how much water your sprinklers deliver. Different sprinklers apply water at different rates, and rates can change over a lifetime of sprinkler use. Lawn lovers should understand the amount of water they need to apply to their turfgrass and calibrate their sprinklers accordingly.How to calibrate a sprinkler Efficient water use involves knowing the amount of water an irrigation system applies over a certain time period. Most people irrigate for a given amount of time without knowing how much water they are really applying to their lawns, which leads to watering the lawn too little or to wasting water. Wasted water runs down sidewalks and streets or through the root zone and deep into the ground where grass roots cannot reach it. Calibrating or determining the rate of water that a sprinkler system applies is easy. Use the following procedure for an in-ground system or a sprinkler at the end of a hose.Step 1: Obtain several (five to 10) soup cans, tuna cans or other straight-sided containers to catch the irrigation water. Containers that are 3 to 6 inches in diameter work best.Step 2: If you have an in-ground system, randomly place the containers in one zone at a time. Repeat the entire procedure in every zone because the irrigation rates may differ. If you use a hose-end sprinkler to water turf, place the containers in a straight line from the sprinkler to the edge of the watering pattern. Space the containers evenly.Step 3: Turn the water on for 15 minutes.Step 4: After the elapsed time, collect the cans and pour the water into a single can.Step 5: Measure the depth of water you collected.Step 6: Calculate the average depth of water by dividing the amount of collected water in inches by the number of cans.Step 7: Multiply the average depth by 4 to determine the application rate in inches per hour. Now that you can find your sprinkler system irrigation rate, you can apply water more efficiently.For more information about proper lawn care, search UGA Extension publications for “lawns” at www.extension.uga.edu/publications.
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Sophomore forward Ja’Tavia Tapley (right) led the Women of Troy defensively over the weekend. Photo by Katie Chin | Daily TrojanDespite a 12-point deficit going into the half, the women’s basketball team overcame No. 16 Oregon State to claim its first victory of the regular season. The Trojans struggled to keep pace with the Beavers offensively in the first half. However, the Trojans’ defense came alive, flipping the momentum of the game and allowing the Women of Troy to finish with a 65-61 victory.While the whole team stepped up its defense after the half, it was junior guard Aliyah Mazyck who stood out. Picking up the guard early and laying on heavy pressure, Mazyck forced three consecutive turnovers. “I’m really proud of the kids,” head coach Mark Trakh said. “We’re down fifteen points and I told them, we just have to grind. Halftime was just positive. Coach Glover made a great adjustment putting Aliyah on the point guard and then we got great defense from Sadie [Edwards], Minyon [Moore], and Kristen [Simon], Jordan [Adams], they all played really, really well.” The turnovers added fuel to the growing spark of senior forward Kristen Simon’s free throws, ultimately leading to a 12-0 run for the Trojans that would take them within four points of Oregon State by the end of the third. Even though it was neck and neck for most of the fourth, the change of momentum at the end of the third energized the Trojans through the end.“You could feel it,” Trakh explained. “You could feel them not cutting as hard … I can’t tell you how well-coached that team is. It’s extremely well coached and I have to give credit to our kids that we disrupted them a little, but you got a sense that we got some easy baskets and we got some steals, some layups, that got us going. It was really important.”With Oregon State shooting 50 percent from the 3-point range to USC’s 28.6 percent, it was clear that the Trojans were going to have their work cut out for them in the second half. Even though Simon, who finished the game with 21 points and seven rebounds, was putting away shots in the paint, the Beavers’ seven 3-pointers were making it difficult to catch up. However, the Trojans never lost hope.“Of course we were a little down because we were down by 13, but one thing I know about our team is that we don’t give up,” sophomore guard Minyon Moore said. “We don’t really see numbers, like we see we are down by 13, but we still play like it’s a close game. Our team doesn’t get flustered or nothing like that. So, halftime was just our Coach Erica Hughes said ‘Forget about the first half. It’s a new half. Go out there and play your game.’ And, I think we did that and executed down the stretch.”Senior guard Sadie Edwards added 17 points in the victory. “We made an adjustment, we stayed together, we stayed in it,” Edwards said. “We could have dropped our heads getting down by fifteen points at one point, but we believe in each other and our coaching staff believed in us.In the end, it was the Trojans’ defense that changed the momentum of the game, but it was the team’s perseverance that brought the Women of Troy the victory. After Moore’s free throw granted her team a 2-point lead with 29 seconds remaining, the Trojans’ defense kept the Beavers out, forcing them to foul. Oregon State would only be disappointed when Moore converted both free throws to seal the deal for the Trojans. “I think moving forward, we needed to get a win,” Edwards explained. “and now, I think more importantly, we’ve got experience. Down the stretch we executed, we got stops and scores and I think that’s huge for us moving forward.”
Image Courtesy: Getty/TOI/APAdvertisement g4NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsmzj3Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre En71rz( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) yfWould you ever consider trying this?😱6s0tCan your students do this? 🌚mRoller skating! Powered by Firework The COVID-19 pandemic of the past few months have made an impact on world sports in more than one way. In addition to a long suspension of all fixtures, tournaments and tours, a number of new rules and regulations have been implemented across several sports as means of precautions and as a counter measure against contamination. Advertisement One of them belongs to cricket, the ban on the use of saliva, which is an age old method used by pace bowlers to swing the ball, and the ban is currently in effect in the ongoing three match Test series between England and West Indies.Image Courtesy: Getty/TOI/APFrom the bowler at the non striking end of the pitch to the keeper behind the wickets, the cricket ball is treated with multiple polishes of saliva on one side, to generate swerve in the next delivery. Although the method is surely insanitary in the gentleman’s game, the benefits were worth for the pacers.Advertisement However, now with the prevalence of the novel Coronavirus, saliva possess a high chance of contaminating the virus, and handling a saliva polished ball during a match creates a risky affair for all the players on the field. When the medical guidelines are strictly to use masks and to avoid touching your mouth, licking your finger to shine a cricket match ball, termed a ‘vector of the disease’ by the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, is surely not a good idea.The ICC’s implementation of the ban in June, on the same day the Windies arrived at England for the series. While the decision, recommended by former Indian bowling icon and captain Anil Kumble has been widely accepted by players, as bowlers are retraining themselves to let go of their habit of wetting their fingers, there are a number of ways the seamers can achieve swerving the ball. Lets look at them below-Advertisement 1. Sweat:Although saliva usage has been prohibited, the ICC gave no red signal to use sweat for shining the ball. “…it is highly unlikely that the virus can be transmitted through sweat and saw no need to prohibit the use of sweat to polish the ball…” the ICC release had stated last month.No saliva? No stress: Sweat is a hugely effective alternative for the age old method of shining the ball. (Image Courtesy: Deccan Herald/TOI)Using sweat will be very useful for cricketers in humid climates such as India and Australia. Wiping off perspiration mixed with sunscreen from forehead will be a pretty effective alternative for pacers. While this method may not be that useful in dry and winter conditions, there is another way to get the job done.2. Dukes Ball:The Dukes ball, used in English cricket, can be shined on one side without using any bodily fluid. As stated by Dilip Jajodia, the owner of Dukes ball manufacturing company British Cricket Balls Ltd, rubbing the ball on the trousers will allow the grease inside to come out and shine one side of the ball, thus, allowing it to swing. Although saliva used to speed up the process, it is still better than nothing.The answer lies in the question: The waterproofing grease inside the Dukes balls of England is a good shining alternative. (Image Courtesy: Getty)While the waterproofing grease inside the Dukes ball is allowed, ICC has also banned using wax, as it constitutes as ball tampering. Back in May, Australian manufacturer Kookaburra had proposed the idea of producing a wax applicator as an alternative to both saliva and sweat, but that scheme is now futile.3. Damp Towel:South African speedster Lungi Ngidi has recently come up with an interesting idea of using a damp towel to do the shine work. “So now we have to find a game plan to get the ball to swing. Probably a damp towel is the best thing but you’ve got to find something somehow, to shine it,” the 24 year old spoke to ESPNcricinfo.A no brainer: Proteas speedster Lungi Ngidi proposes the use of damp towel to do the shining work. (Image Courtesy: Getty)Human life is changing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and with it, the sport of cricket will also see some new changes. While there are some negative views on the saliva ban, the icons of pace bowling will use such alternatives to their best effects.Image created by BetwayIf you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out MMAIndia.com Also follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comAlso read-Coach reveals if Aussie players will participate in IPL 2020Aussie quick Josh Hazlewood outlines Rohit Sharma’s greatest strength as a batsman Advertisement